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Assembly Instructions

Here are the instructions on how to assemble our various Arcade Cabinets.

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How to assemble your Bartop Arcade Cabinet

Pre-Assembly Preparation

During the manufacturing of your new arcade cabinet, our CNC machining process use high tool speeds and low feed rates to assure a high quality finish. Heavy cuts are avoided, and rather, multiple low-depth cuts are favoured. This assures very crisp and defined cuts and professional results, with edges that can be extremely sharp. For this reason, we recommend you DO NOT run your fingers along the edge, as they can cause serious cuts. During the manufacturing process, you may also find that some small residual tabs (usually appearing as small nubs, left over from the manufacturing process) remain on some of the edges, especially when the parts are smaller. These may need to be sanded down, to provide a 100% smooth surface.

Our products use mortise and tenon joinery (sometimes referred to as ‘slots’ and ‘tabs’) to assure strong bonds, and to remove the need to use fasteners such as screws or nails. This means you won’t need to fill or repair any unnecessary holes, because there simply aren’t any. All you will need to assemble your arcade cabinet is a rubber mallet, a number of clamps and some wood glue.

Prior to assembly, we recommend you test fit all of the pieces of your arcade cabinet, to make sure you have solid connections. (Once you have glued the pieces in place, it will be almost impossible to remove them without damaging the material!) Due to tight tolerances between mated parts, you may need to trim or sand down the edges before you insert some tabs into the appropriate slots. Make sure that all of the joints can be inserted firmly, and without being forced. Light taps with the rubber mallet will assist with this activity.

You may want to install your t-molding prior to assembling your arcade cabinet. (You may want to finish the wood of your arcade cabinet with paint, prior to installing t-molding.) Because there are different types of t-molding, with different depth profiles, you may choose to use wood glue in the slot to provide a more permanent fit. Tap in the t-molding using your rubber mallet, and trim any ends with a sharp razor blade or utility knife.

Step One – Side Support Installation

Select one Side of your arcade cabinet (yours may not look exactly like the image) and install the Rear and Bottom Support Inserts, as well as the Control Panel Supports.

Once you have assured the fit, use a liberal amount of glue to attach the Support Inserts to the side and bottom. Clean up any residue immediately, and let dry. We recommend you assemble the opposite side at this time as well, so that both sides should be dry when you are ready to assemble the other components.

Step Two – External Components

Select the Top, Speaker Panel, LED Mount (not shown) and Front Admin Panel for installation. The LED Mount is thin and has a small hole for the power cable to mount your (recommended) LED light source. It can be mounted in the close slot or far slot, depending on your preference for how much light to produce.

Insert the tab on each, one at a time, into the appropriate slot on the arcade cabinet side. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Three – The Opposite Side

Carefully line up the Top, Speaker Panel, and Front Admin Panel, and insert their tabs into the slots in the second side. DO NOT GLUE AT THIS POINT!

This step is simply to align the pieces in the first side, so that they can dry properly and provide a tight bond. We recommend turning the cabinet on it’s side, and setting some heavy items on top of the cabinet while it dries, or using some clamps to assure the parts are as tight as possible. Keep checking periodically to make sure the parts don’t go out of alignment. (We recommend you use a set square to measure the parts’ alignment.)

When the parts attached to the first side have dried, remove the opposite side and apply glue liberally in each of the slots. Switch the orientation of the cabinet so that the freshly glued side is now on the bottom, and reset the tabs into the slots. Use moderately heavy weight, or some clamps, to make sure that this side is also attached securely, using whatever successful method you had chosen prior. Once the parts have dried, you should be able to set the cabinet upright.

Step Four – The Rear

Select the Top Vented Panel and the Bottom Vented Panel for installation. (The Bottom Vented Panel will have a hole in the center of it, for the addition of a power cable, later.)

Align the Top Vented Panel at the top of the rear of the cabinet, as close to the Top, and apply glue liberally. Hold in place using clamps, or, if you do not have clamps available to hold this piece in place, we recommend setting the arcade cabinet face down, and placing a heavy object on the panel. Align the Bottom Vented Panel at the bottom of the rear of the cabinet, and apply glue liberally. Hold in place using clamps, if available.

At this point, before the glue dries, we recommend test-fitting the Rear Door, to make sure that there is enough clearance for the door to function properly, and the fit is neither too loose nor too tight.

Install the door hook, as shown, at the base of the door. This has replaced the requirement for hinges, and allows you to remove the door completely for service.

There should be approximately 1/8″ space between the Top Vented Panel and the Rear Door, as well as approximately 1/8″ space between the Bottom Vented Panel and the Rear Door.

Step Five – Monitor Mounting Bracket

Select the Monitor Mount and two Monitor Mount Supports for installation.

To assemble the Monitor Mount, you should use glue and some clamps to attach the Monitor Mount Supports on each side. All of our monitor supports have an upgraded mounting system using 100mm VESA slots, so that the monitor mount can now accommodate non-centered monitor mounts that are required for some monitors.

Make sure that these are dry and secure before you attach your monitor, because you want to make sure it will hold! We recommend attaching your monitor temporarily, and then dry fitting the mounting bracket in place before permanently attaching it to the sides. (If you have help, this part will be easier, but it can be done with only one person.) If you do have help, have one person hold the monitor mount (including attached monitor) in place, while the other person traces around the side mounts onto the each side of the cabinet. Then, remove the monitor from the mount, and use glue and clamps to attach the monitor mount to the sides. We also definitely recommend using screws, and have provided pre-drilled pilot holes into the monitor mount supports for this purpose.

Step Six – The Control Panel

Select your Control Panel for installation.

We have customized the Control Panel so that it can be installed either permanently, or temporarily so that it can be interchangeable. There is a slot cut into the bottom of the control panel, which fits over the top of the Front Admin Panel, and the rest of the panel sits atop the Control Panel Supports on the arcade cabinet sides. If you choose to attach the panel permanently, you can use glue to attach it. If you would rather have a temporary connection, you could use industrial-use Velcro, or magnets, or another solution to attach it. Whatever your choice, we definitely recommend a solution that offers a solid bond, so that the control panel doesn’t come loose during game play.

Step Seven – Finishing

Once you have reached this step, you are ready to finish the cabinet!

You should look over your entire arcade cabinet to make sure every part is smooth, and make last-minute changes if required. You can choose to prime and paint, cover with a vinyl overlay or even Melamine coating, or another type of finish.

The t-molding slots accommodate 5/8″ t-molding. If you use t-molding that is any wider, you can use a commercial cutter that is available at your local hardware store to trim the edges. Please note that there are different t-molding products available which may produce different results. For example, cutting solid core t-molding should result in uniform colour, while some t-molding has a different colour core, which may appear if cut.

Every bartop arcade cabinet we offer has custom carved slots on each of the sides of the cabinet, to accommodate easy installation of acrylic covers for the marquee and the monitor bezel. You can use these slots to fit these clear acrylic covers, without the need of holders or other attaching devices.

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How to assemble your Cocktail Arcade Cabinet

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How to assemble your Fight-Stick Arcade Cabinet

Step One – Front and Rear installed into the Top

Orient the TOP to the direction of the joystick and buttons you will be most comfortable with. With the top in front of you, with the slots facing up, use wood glue and fit the FRONT and REAR sections into the appropriate slots.

Step Two – Sides installed into the Top

Use wood glue and fit the two SIDE sections into the appropriate slots. You may also wish to use glue on the sides of the front and rear sections, where they come into contact with the sides. You can make minute adjustments to the front, rear and sides at this point, before the glue dries and the bonds are secured.

Step Three – Attaching the Base

Using the supplied hinge kit, hold the hinges in place in the rear section and use a pencil to mark the holes. Do the same with the bottom. Using a small drill bit, pre-drill the holes in both the back and base. If you do not pre-drill the holes, there is a good chance the MDF will split, and you will not get a good, secure connection. Making sure the hinge elbows are facing downward, attach the hinges to the rear, and then to the base. Once the hinges are attached, install the supplied barrel lock in the hole.

Step Four – You’re Done!

Now that you are finished the assembly, you are ready to install your electronics! Enjoy your new Fight Stick!

Step Five – Finishing

Once you have reached this step, you are ready to finish the cabinet!

You should look over your entire arcade cabinet to make sure every part is smooth, and make last-minute changes if required. You can choose to prime and paint, cover with a vinyl overlay or even Melamine coating, or another type of finish.

The t-molding slots accommodate 5/8″ t-molding. If you use t-molding that is any wider, you can use a commercial cutter that is available at your local hardware store to trim the edges. Please note that there are different t-molding products available which may produce different results. For example, cutting solid core t-molding should result in uniform colour, while some t-molding has a different colour core, which may appear if cut.

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How to assemble your Pedestal Arcade Cabinet

Pre-Assembly Preparation

During the manufacturing of your new arcade cabinet, our CNC machining process use high tool speeds and low feed rates to assure a high quality finish. Heavy cuts are avoided, and rather, multiple low-depth cuts are favoured. This assures very crisp and defined cuts and professional results, with edges that can be extremely sharp. For this reason, we recommend you DO NOT run your fingers along the edge, as they can cause serious cuts. During the manufacturing process, you may also find that some small residual tabs (usually appearing as small nubs, left over from the manufacturing process) remain on some of the edges, especially when the parts are smaller. These may need to be sanded down, to provide a 100% smooth surface.

Our products use mortise and tenon joinery (sometimes referred to as ‘slots’ and ‘tabs’) to assure strong bonds, and to remove the need to use fasteners such as screws or nails. This means you won’t need to fill or repair any unnecessary holes, because there simply aren’t any. All you will need to assemble your arcade cabinet is a rubber mallet, a number of clamps and some wood glue.

Prior to assembly, we recommend you test fit all of the pieces of your arcade cabinet, to make sure you have solid connections. (Once you have glued the pieces in place, it will be almost impossible to remove them without damaging the material!) Due to tight tolerances between mated parts, you may need to trim or sand down the edges before you insert some tabs into the appropriate slots. Make sure that all of the joints can be inserted firmly, and without being forced. Light taps with the rubber mallet will assist with this activity.

You may want to install your t-molding prior to assembling your arcade cabinet. (You may want to finish the wood of your arcade cabinet with paint, prior to installing t-molding.) Because there are different types of t-molding, with different depth profiles, you may choose to use wood glue in the slot to provide a more permanent fit. Tap in the t-molding using your rubber mallet, and trim any ends with a sharp razor blade or utility knife.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the size and weight of each of the components, we recommend turning the cabinet on it’s side. The images presented for the assembly instructions are provided in an upright alignment only for clarity of presentation. Also, please select glue with a regular-to-longer tack time. DO NOT — USE A QUICK-DRYING GLUE, as many of the steps below may require an extended amount of time for assembly. (You don’t want to have to move a piece a few millimeters to fit it into place, only to find the glue has dried so much that moving them would be impossible.)

Step One – Rear Door Supports

Select the Rear Base of your arcade cabinet and find four of the Rear Door Supports. Align them along each of the corners in the cut-out for the Rear Door, making sure that there is approximately 1/2″ overhang to the inside of the rear door cut-out. (This assures that the door will sit in place, once completed, and won’t fall into the inside of the base.)

Once you have assured that there is sufficient overhang, use a liberal amount of glue to attach each the Rear Door Supports at each corner. Clean up any residue immediately, and let dry.

Step Two – Rear Door Assembly

Select the Rear Door, and Rear Door Hook for installation. Align the door hook’s inset bottom along the bottom edge of the rear door. This part will allow the door to be installed without using hinges.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. Once dry, the door will sit in the rear panel as per the following diagram.

Step Three – Base Left Side

Select the Base Left Side for installation. The flat part should be aligned to the front of the cabinet, and the sharp, swooping angle should be aligned to the rear.

The Base Rear will plug into the slot on the Base Left Side. Insert the tab into the appropriate slot on the arcade cabinet side. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. (You may need to use clamps or help from others to keep these heavier pieces in place temporarily.)

Step Four – Base Front

Insert the tab on the Base Front into the slot in the Base Left Side.

Step Five – Base Right Side

Carefully line up the existing parts before the glue dries completely, and insert the tab on the Base Front and Base Rear into the slots in the Base Right Side. At this point, you should make sure that your cabinet base sits flat, so that it is stable once assembly is complete.

Step Six – Control Panel Base

Select the Control Panel Base and insert the tabs from the top of Base Left and Base Right into the slots, per the image below.

DO NOT USE GLUE! Glue is not necessary, as the Control Panel Base is precision cut, and made to allow for removal and transportation of your Pedestal Arcade Cabinet. Another feature is the ability to use the Control Panel separately, as it was created to be a portable unit.

Step Seven – Control Panel Front and Rear Parts

Select your Control Panel Front and Control Panel Rear for installation.

The Control Panel Front and Rear parts will plug into the slots on the Control Panel Base. Insert the tab into the appropriate slot, and make sure they are aligned appropriately. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Eight – Control Panel Left and Right Sides

Select your Control Panel Left Side and Control Panel Right Side for installation.

The Control Panel Left and Right Sides will plug into the slots on the Control Panel Base. Insert the tab into the appropriate slot, and make sure they are aligned appropriately. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Nine – Control Panel Top Supports

Select the Control Panel Top, and two Control Panel Top Supports for installation.

Position each of the Control Panel Top Supports in the slots at each end of the underside of the Control Panel Top, with the angled slot pointing away from the front of the cabinet. These slots are used to support your Control Panel Top if you are working inside the cabinet, or making adjustments to your electronics and arcade controls. Make sure that each of the supports are centered in the slots, so that proper alignment of the top on the Control Panel Base can be achieved.

Use a liberal amount of glue to attach each the Control Panel Top Supports to the Control Panel Top. Clean up any residue immediately, and let dry.

Step Ten – Final Assembly

Install the Control Panel Top onto the Control Panel Base, and install a barrel lock into the rear door. Install the rear door in place.

Step Nine – Finishing

Once you have reached this step, you are ready to finish the cabinet!

You should look over your entire arcade cabinet to make sure every part is smooth, and make last-minute changes if required. You can choose to prime and paint, cover with a vinyl overlay or even Melamine coating, or another type of finish.

The t-molding slots accommodate 5/8″ t-molding. If you use t-molding that is any wider, you can use a commercial cutter that is available at your local hardware store to trim the edges. Please note that there are different t-molding products available which may produce different results. For example, cutting solid core t-molding should result in uniform colour, while some t-molding has a different colour core, which may appear if cut.

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How to assemble your Full-Size Arcade Cabinet

Pre-Assembly Preparation

During the manufacturing of your new arcade cabinet, our CNC machining process use high tool speeds and low feed rates to assure a high quality finish. Heavy cuts are avoided, and rather, multiple low-depth cuts are favoured. This assures very crisp and defined cuts and professional results, with edges that can be extremely sharp. For this reason, we recommend you DO NOT run your fingers along the edge, as they can cause serious cuts. During the manufacturing process, you may also find that some small residual tabs (usually appearing as small nubs, left over from the manufacturing process) remain on some of the edges, especially when the parts are smaller. These may need to be sanded down, to provide a 100% smooth surface.

Our products use mortise and tenon joinery (sometimes referred to as ‘slots’ and ‘tabs’) to assure strong bonds, and to remove the need to use fasteners such as screws or nails. This means you won’t need to fill or repair any unnecessary holes, because there simply aren’t any. All you will need to assemble your arcade cabinet is a rubber mallet, a number of clamps and some wood glue.

Prior to assembly, we recommend you test fit all of the pieces of your arcade cabinet, to make sure you have solid connections. (Once you have glued the pieces in place, it will be almost impossible to remove them without damaging the material!) Due to tight tolerances between mated parts, you may need to trim or sand down the edges before you insert some tabs into the appropriate slots. Make sure that all of the joints can be inserted firmly, and without being forced. Light taps with the rubber mallet will assist with this activity.

You may want to install your t-molding prior to assembling your arcade cabinet. (You may want to finish the wood of your arcade cabinet with paint, prior to installing t-molding.) Because there are different types of t-molding, with different depth profiles, you may choose to use wood glue in the slot to provide a more permanent fit. Tap in the t-molding using your rubber mallet, and trim any ends with a sharp razor blade or utility knife.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the size and weight of each of the components, we recommend turning the cabinet on it’s side. The images presented for the assembly instructions are provided in an upright alignment only for clarity of presentation. Also, please select glue with a regular-to-longer tack time. DO NOT — USE A QUICK-DRYING GLUE, as many of the steps below may require an extended amount of time for assembly. (You don’t want to have to move a piece a few millimeters to fit it into place, only to find the glue has dried so much that moving them would be impossible.)

Step One – Side Support Installation

Select one Side of your arcade cabinet (yours may not look exactly like the image) and install the Bottom Support Inserts, the Rear Top and Rear Bottom Support Inserts, as well as the Control Panel Supports.

Full-Size Assembly 1 - Side Supports

Please make sure you center the supports in the slots. Once you have assured the fit, use a liberal amount of glue to attach the Support Inserts to the side and bottom. Clean up any residue immediately, and let dry. We recommend you assemble the opposite side at this time as well, so that both sides should be dry when you are ready to assemble the other components.

Step Two – Smaller Internal Components

Select the LED/Lighting Mount, Speaker Panel, and Lower Admin Section (located below the location where the Control Panel and Admin Panel will be installed) for installation.

Full-Size Assembly 2 - Internal Components Small

Insert the tab on each, one at a time, into the appropriate slot on the arcade cabinet side. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Three – Larger Internal/External Components

Select the Top, Front Admin Panel, Front Face, and Bottom for installation.

Full-Size Assembly 3 - Internal Components Large

The Top, Front Admin Panel, and Front Face will all plug into the slots on the side. As before, insert the tab on each, one at a time, into the appropriate slot on the arcade cabinet side. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. (You may need to use clamps or help from others to keep these heavier pieces in place temporarily.)

The Bottom should be installed so that’s front will butt up against the rear of the Front Face, and will be glued onto the Rear Bottom Support Inserts from the previous steps. You could further provide more support/strength by also using screws to attach these parts.) The Bottom will also assist in holding the Front Face in place.

Step Four – The Opposite Side

Carefully line up the existing parts before the glue dries completely, and insert their tabs into the slots in the second side. DO NOT GLUE AT THIS POINT!

Full-Size Assembly 4 - Other Side

This step is simply to align the pieces in the first side, so that they can dry properly and provide a tight bond. We recommend using some clamps to assure the parts are as tight as possible, or setting some heavy items on top of the cabinet while it dries. Keep checking periodically to make sure the parts don’t go out of alignment. (We recommend you use a set square to measure the parts’ alignment.)

When the parts attached to the first side have dried, remove the opposite side and apply glue liberally in each of the slots. As the weight of the full-size cabinet should be sufficient to hold the newly glued side in place, switching the orientation of the cabinet (so that the freshly glued side is now on the bottom, such as in the “Bartop Assembly Instructions”, above) will NOT be required. Reset the tabs into the slots and use moderately heavy weight or some clamps to make sure that this side is also attached securely, using whatever successful method you had chosen prior.

One challenge that you will find with this part of the assembly is, if you have put a liberal amount of glue into the slots, you may find some leakage as the parts marry up and the glue dries. Please make sure you clean up any runs as quickly as possible, and continue to check over a short time, until it is certain that there are no more leaks. (If you miss some runs, don’t worry. Most glues can be cleaned up after they have dried with a light touch with sandpaper. DO NOT — USE any solvents, as the MDF will not react well with their application.)

Step Five – The Rear

Select the Top Vented Panel and the Bottom Vented/Power Panel for installation. (The Bottom Vented/Power Panel will have a square hole in the center of it, for the addition of a power adapter, later.)

Full-Size Assembly 5 - Rear Pieces

Align the Top Vented Panel at the top of the rear of the cabinet, as close to the Top, and apply glue liberally, holding the piece in place using clamps. Align the Bottom Vented/Power Panel at the bottom of the rear of the cabinet, and use a similar technique to complete the assembly. Once the parts have dried, you will be able to set the cabinet upright. Please make sure to have help, and take care during this step, as the cabinet is very heavy!

At this point, before the glue dries, we recommend test-fitting the Rear Door, to make sure that there is enough clearance for the hinge to function properly, and the fit is neither too loose nor too tight. There should be approximately 1/8″ space between the Top Vented Panel and the Rear Door, as well as approximately 1/8″ space between the Bottom Vented/Power Panel and the Rear Door.

Step Six – The Control Panel

Select your Control Panel for installation.

Full-Size Assembly 6 - Control Panel

We have customized the Control Panel so that it can be installed either permanently, or temporarily, thus making it interchangeable. There is a slot cut into the bottom of the control panel, which fits over the top of the Front Admin Panel, and the rest of the panel sits atop the Control Panel Supports on the arcade cabinet sides. If you choose to attach the panel permanently, you can use glue to attach it. If you would rather have a temporary connection, you could use industrial-use Velcro, or magnets, or another solution to attach it. Whatever your choice, we definitely recommend a solution that offers a solid bond, so that the control panel doesn’t come loose during game play.

Step Seven – Monitor Mounting Bracket

Select the Monitor Mount and two Monitor Mount Supports for installation.

To assemble the Monitor Mount, you should use glue and some clamps to attach the Monitor Mount Supports on each side. (Do not glue the new assembly into the cabinet at this point. You should only have the three pieces available and attached to one-another, independent of the cabinet at this point.)

All of our monitor supports have an upgraded mounting system using 100mm VESA slots, so that the monitor mount can now accommodate non-centered monitor mounts that are required for some monitors. (Many monitors have the mounting holes in an ‘uncentered’ alignment, usually higher than the center point of the monitor to accommodate larger, heavier weight monitors. In this case, if we provided four holes in a centered alignment, and then, you mounted the monitor vertically, it would appear off centered.)

Full-Size Assembly 7 - Monitor Mount

Make sure that the mounting assembly is dry and secure before you attach your monitor, because you want to make sure it will hold once attached. We recommend attaching your monitor temporarily, and then dry fitting the mounting bracket in place inside the cabinet before permanently attaching it to the sides. Have an assistant hold the monitor mount (including attached monitor) in place, while the other person traces around the side mounts onto the each side of the cabinet. Then, remove the monitor from the mount, and use glue and clamps to attach the monitor mount to the sides. We also definitely recommend using screws to attach the monitor mount to the sides of the cabinet, in addition to the glue. Please make sure you select screws that will fit with the cabinet width, and won’t poke out from the sides.

Step Eight – Rear Door

Install the barrel lock and hinges on the Rear Door directly. Once complete, you can lay the door down behind the rear of the cabinet, and then, install the screws for the hinges into the Bottom Vented/Power Panel.

Full-Size Assembly 8 - Rear Door

Once complete, you can raise the door and use the barrel lock to fit the door in place.

Step Nine – Finishing

Once you have reached this step, you are ready to finish the cabinet!

You should look over your entire arcade cabinet to make sure every part is smooth, and make last-minute changes if required. You can choose to prime and paint, cover with a vinyl overlay or even Melamine coating, or another type of finish.

The t-molding slots accommodate 5/8″ t-molding. If you use t-molding that is any wider, you can use a commercial cutter that is available at your local hardware store to trim the edges. Please note that there are different t-molding products available which may produce different results. For example, cutting solid core t-molding should result in uniform colour, while some t-molding has a different colour core, which may appear if cut.

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How to assemble your Pinball Arcade Cabinet

Pre-Assembly Preparation

During the manufacturing of your new arcade cabinet, our CNC machining process use high tool speeds and low feed rates to assure a high quality finish. Heavy cuts are avoided, and rather, multiple low-depth cuts are favoured. This assures very crisp and defined cuts and professional results, with edges that can be extremely sharp. For this reason, we recommend you DO NOT run your fingers along the edge, as they can cause serious cuts. During the manufacturing process, you may also find that some small residual tabs (usually appearing as small nubs, left over from the manufacturing process) remain on some of the edges, especially when the parts are smaller. These may need to be sanded down, to provide a 100% smooth surface.

Our products use mortise and tenon joinery (sometimes referred to as ‘slots’ and ‘tabs’) to assure strong bonds, and to remove the need to use fasteners such as screws or nails. This means you won’t need to fill or repair any unnecessary holes, because there simply aren’t any. All you will need to assemble your arcade cabinet is a rubber mallet, a number of clamps and some wood glue.

Prior to assembly, we recommend you test fit all of the pieces of your arcade cabinet, to make sure you have solid connections. (Once you have glued the pieces in place, it will be almost impossible to remove them without damaging the material!) Due to tight tolerances between mated parts, you may need to trim or sand down the edges before you insert some tabs into the appropriate slots. Make sure that all of the joints can be inserted firmly, and without being forced. Light taps with the rubber mallet will assist with this activity.

You may want to install your t-molding prior to assembling your arcade cabinet. (You may want to finish the wood of your arcade cabinet with paint, prior to installing t-molding.) Because there are different types of t-molding, with different depth profiles, you may choose to use wood glue in the slot to provide a more permanent fit. Tap in the t-molding using your rubber mallet, and trim any ends with a sharp razor blade or utility knife.

Step One – Base Left Side

Select the Left Side of your pinball cabinet and install the Bottom Support Insert, the Rear Support Insert and the Front Support Insert.

Please make sure you center the supports in the slots. Once you have assured the fit, use a liberal amount of glue to attach the Support Inserts to the front, rear, and bottom. Clean up any residue immediately, and let dry. We recommend you assemble the opposite side at this time as well, so that both sides should be dry when you are ready to assemble the other components.

Step Two – Base Bottom

Select the Base Bottom, and position along the Bottom Support Insert, making sure to line up the front and rear of the base with the side.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. (You could further provide more support/strength by also using screws to attach these parts.)

Step Three – Base Rear

Select the Base Rear, and position along the Rear Support Insert.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. (You could further provide more support/strength by also using screws to attach these parts.)

Step Four – Base Front

Select the Base Front, and position along the Rear Support Insert.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. (You could further provide more support/strength by also using screws to attach these parts.)

Step Five – Base Right Side

Select the Base Right Side and align with the present assembly.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. (You could further provide more support/strength by also using screws to attach these parts.)

Step Six – Base DMD Port

Select your Base DMD Port for installation.

The Base DMD Port is the connector between the Base and the Backbox of your pinball cabinet. If you are planning on installing a dedicated DMD monitor, this provides a pass-through for the electronics. Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Seven – Monitor Rear Blank

Select the Monitor Rear Blank for installation. (Please note: this piece may require modification to fit your current monitor selection!)

The Monitor Rear Blank is provided to create an element of depth to your pinball cabinet kit. You can choose to mount your playfield monitor with a more horizontal alignment, which will in turn, provide you with a more three dimensional feel to your gameplay. This piece also provides the ability to include arcade-correct flasher units at the rear of the playfield, if you choose to do so.

Step Eight – Base Rear Door

Select the Rear Door, and Rear Door Hook for installation. Align the door hook’s inset bottom along the bottom edge of the rear door. This part will allow the door to be installed without using hinges.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. Once dry, the door will sit in the rear panel as per the following diagram.

Once complete, you can install the door in place and use the barrel lock to fit the door in place.

Step Nine – Playfield Monitor Rails

Select the Playfield Monitor Rails and install on the Base Left Side and Base Right Side pieces to support your playfield monitor at a level you wish to view it at.

As noted above, you can select to install it lower than the playfield glass to provide a more three dimensional view, or you can mount it parallel to the playfield glass. It is all up to you.

(Please Note: If you are not ready to install the playfield monitor at this time, you may choose to do this step later in the installation process.)

Step Ten – Backbox Left Side

Select the Backbox Left Side and the Backbox Rear Support Insert.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Eleven – Backbox DMD Passthrough

Select the Backbox DMD Passthrough and install it using glue along the side where it connects to the Backbox Left Side.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Twelve – Backbox Faceplate

Select the Backbox Faceplate and insert the tabs into the slots in the Backbox Left Side.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Thirteen – Backbox Top

Insert the tabs in the top of the Backbox Faceplate into the slots in the bottom of the Backbox Top.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Fourteen – Backbox Right Side

Select the Backbox Right Side and align with the present assembly.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Fifteen – Backbox Rear Vented Top

Select the Backbox Rear Vented Top and align it at the rear top of the present assembly.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Sixteen – Backbox Rear Vented Bottom

Select the Backbox Rear Vented Bottom and align it at the rear bottom of the present assembly.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary.

Step Seventeen – Backbox Rear Door

Select the Backbox Rear Door, and Backbox Rear Door Hook for installation. Align the door hook’s inset bottom along the bottom edge of the rear door. This part will allow the door to be installed without using hinges.

Use a liberal amount of glue, and clean up where necessary. Once dry, the door will sit in the rear panel as per the following diagram.

Once complete, you can install the door in place and use the barrel lock to fit the door in place.

Step Eighteen – Backbox Monitor Mount

Select the Backbox Monitor Mount and two Backbox Monitor Mount Supports for installation.

To assemble the Monitor Mount, you should use glue and some clamps to attach the Monitor Mount Supports on each side. All of our monitor supports have an upgraded mounting system using 100mm VESA slots, so that the monitor mount can now accommodate non-centered monitor mounts that are required for some monitors.

Make sure that these are dry and secure before you attach your monitor, because you want to make sure it will hold! We recommend attaching your monitor temporarily, and then dry fitting the mounting bracket in place before permanently attaching it to the sides. (If you have help, this part will be easier, but it can be done with only one person.) If you do have help, have one person hold the monitor mount (including attached monitor) in place, while the other person traces around the side mounts onto the each side of the cabinet. Then, remove the monitor from the mount, and use glue and clamps to attach the monitor mount to the sides. We also definitely recommend using screws, and have provided pre-drilled pilot holes into the monitor mount supports for this purpose.

Step Nineteen – Mounting the Backbox to the Playfield Base

You have a couple of options to secure the Backbox Assembly to the Playfield Base.

If you are interested in portability, you could install a piano hinge along the front of the Backbox, to permit folding down the backbox for transporting your pinball cabinet. (Please be advised, if you go this route, special consideration would be required, if you are using a third monitor for the DMD.)

If you would like to have the option to disassemble the backbox assembly from the playfield assembly, you could choose to drill holes through both, internally, to support a nut and bolt connectivity. This would permit you to take apart the complete unit, and make it more portable, without the use of a hinge.

If portability is not an issue, you can connect the backbox assembly to the playfield assembly using glue, screws, or a combination of both.

Step Twenty – Finishing

Once you have reached this step, you are ready to finish the cabinet!

You should look over your entire arcade cabinet to make sure every part is smooth, and make last-minute changes if required. You can now choose to prime and paint, cover with a vinyl overlay or even Melamine coating, or another type of finish.

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